We experience violence all our lives, from that very first scream of birth. It has been industrialized and domesticated. Our culture has not become accustomed to all violence, to be sure; but enough violence, nonetheless: more than enough, perhaps. Geographies of Violence is a critical human geography of the history of violence, from Ancient Rome and Enlightened wars through to natural disasters, animal slaughter, and genocide. Written incredible insight and flair, this is a thought-provoking text for human geography students and researchers alike.

The Best of All Possible Violence The Frightful Fallout from the Great Lisbon Earthquake

The Best of All Possible Violence The Frightful Fallout from the Great Lisbon Earthquake

The Best of All Possible Violence: The Frightful Fallout from the Great Lisbon Earthquake

The true Evil is the very gaze which sees evil all around itself.

Hegel, quoted in Žižek, Santner and Reinhard, 2005: 139

Our taste for violence is as ardent as ever. My fondest example is a housewife recalling her first use of a food processor. ‘Crushing food with lightning rapidity seems brutal and shocking’, she recalls. ‘I see hard nuts, apples, lemon peel cut to pieces and transformed into an unrecognizable mass. … Something inside me rebels against this bringing of food into line’ (quoted in Wildt, 1995: 31). Her distaste for the miniature slaughterhouse placed at her disposal ...

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